Grade 7 School-Based Vaccines

On This Page

Vaccinations provide the best defense. It’s time to play catch-up and make sure children and youth have their routine vaccines!

Please book your appointment online. If you need assistance, contact us.

School-based Immunization Community Clinics

As a result of school closures during the COVID-19 pandemic, vaccines were not offered at school, but eligibility has been extended and appointments are now available!

If your child is in Grade 7 to 12 this school year (2021/2022), or born between 2004 and 2009, they are eligible to receive their routine school vaccines or complete the vaccine series if they have already started them. These vaccines include:

  • Hepatitis B
  • Meningococcal ACYW-135
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

Please note: Hepatitis B and HPV vaccines require 2-3 doses depending on age, to fully protect against the disease. Meningococcal ACYW-135 is provided as a one-time dose. 

Clinic Dates and Locations:

Lambton Public Health
(160 Exmouth Street, Point Edward, N7T 7Z6)
For more information on available appointments – click here

Has your child already received their routine immunizations? Report them to Public Health – click for options and to learn more.

Important Information for your Appointment

Please make sure you have your immunizations records with you at the appointment.

  • Feeling unwell? Please reschedule. See the FAQ section below for details to reschedule.
  • Eat: something prior to your appointment to help prevent fainting
  • Bring: your immunization records, your health card or an alternate piece of ID, a list of allergies and current medications, a comfort item (e.g. small toy, device, music/earphones, etc.)
  • Wear: Short Sleeves please
  • Arrive: at your scheduled appointment time, not earlier

Grade 7 Immunization Schedule

Hepatitis B

  • 2 doses given 6 months apart
  • Is a recommended immunization for this age group
  • Why vaccinate? Hepatitis B is a contagious viral infection of the liver.

Human Papillomavirus

  • 2 doses given 6 months apart
  • Is a recommended immunization for this age group
  • Why vaccinate? HPV vaccination reduces the risk of various types of cancers such as throat and cervical cancer.

Meningococcal ACYW-135

  • 1 dose
  • Is a required immunization for school attendance under the Immunization of School Pupils Act. For more information visit the Ministry of Health’s Vaccines for children at school webpage.
  • Why Vaccinate? Meningococcal disease is a very serious disease that can lead to brain infection (meningitis) or blood infection (septicemia).

Frequently Asked Questions

What is meningococcal disease?

Meningococcal disease is caused by bacteria known as Neisseria meningitidis (commonly known as meningococcus). Meningococcal disease is a very serious infection. It occurs in people who have either come in contact with a healthy person known as a “carrier” of meningococci bacteria or come in contact with a sick person with meningococcal disease.

Meningococcal disease occurs in two main forms. Meningococcal septicaemia, also called meningococcemia, occurs when the bacteria infect the bloodstream and cause blood poisoning. Meningococcal meningitis occurs when the bacteria infect the outer lining around the brain and spinal cord.

For more information please visit
• Ministry of Health – Ontario’s Routine Immunization Schedule
• Immunize Canada – Diseases & Vaccines

What is Hepatitis B?

Hepatitis B is caused by a virus that affects the liver and can cause permanent damage. It’s the biggest cause of liver cancer worldwide. You need your liver to digest food and remove waste from your body.

There are around 150 cases of hepatitis B reported in Ontario each year. People with the disease often become tired, feverish, lose their appetite, and sometimes get yellow skin and eyes (called jaundice). However some people can get the virus and not have any symptoms. That means they can infect someone else without knowing. It is important therefore to get immunized.

For more information please visit
• Ministry of Health – Ontario’s Routine Immunization Schedule
• Immunize Canada – Diseases & Vaccines

What is Human Papillomavirus (HPV)?

HPV is a very common virus that is spread during sexual activity through skin-to-skin contact with an infected person. HPV can lead to different kinds of cancer in females and males.

There are many different types of HPV. Some types of HPV, as examples, can cause cervical, vulvar, vaginal, penile and anal cancer. Other types can lead to skin lesions such as genital warts.

Fortunately, infections from most common cancer-causing types of HPV can be prevented with the HPV vaccine.

For more information please visit
• Ministry of Health – Ontario’s Routine Immunization Schedule
• The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada – HPVinfo.ca
• Immunize Canada – Diseases & Vaccines

Should my child wait to receive a grade 7 school-based vaccine before or after a COVID-19 vaccine?

It is no longer recommended to wait 14-28 days between receiving COVID-19 vaccines and other vaccines. COVID-19 vaccines may be given at the same time as, or any time before or after, other vaccines.

Is it safe to get more than one vaccine at the same time?

Yes. We all come into contact with millions of germs every day, so the immune system will easily handle exposure to antigens (made up of parts of weak or dead viruses or bacteria) in multiple immunizations. Getting more than one vaccine at the same time is safe and ensures students get the best protection against serious diseases earlier rather than later. For example, babies receive a Pediacel, a five-in-one vaccine that protects children against pertussis, diphtheria, tetanus, polio and serious diseases like meningitis.

Students who attend an appointment at a school-based immunization community clinic will be offered all school-based immunizations they are eligible to receive, which may include all 3 vaccines.

Can my primary care provider provide these vaccines?

Yes, your primary health care provider may be able to provide school-based vaccines (such as hepatitis B, HPV and Meningococcal ACYW-135). They are free as long as your child is eligible for a publicly funded dose. These vaccines will have to be ordered for your child, so please contact your physician or primary healthcare provider if you are interested in this option. Or vaccinate your child at a public health clinic by booking your appointment.

How do I request a copy of my child’s immunization records?

Parents are required to report vaccinations to their local public health unit. Your physician is not required to report any vaccinations administered in office to public health. If your child’s yellow immunization card is lost, please contact your physician for their record.

If you have uploaded records of vaccination on eHealth Ontario you can access digital copies of these records at any time. You will need your personal health information (e.g. Health Card) to access these records.

If you have previously reported vaccinations to Lambton Public Health or Lambton Public Health has administered vaccinations we will have these on record. Contact Lambton Public Health at immunization@county-lambton.on.ca or contact us for a copy of your child’s immunization record.

*Note: COVID-19 vaccines are recorded in the provincial system COVax at the time of administration, click to find out how to download proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

My child is nervous about receiving vaccines, what can I do?

Vaccines and needles can be nerve-wracking for people of all ages. Our nurses give hundreds of vaccinations to children each year and are trained to make the experience as easy and painless as possible. Let the nurse know if you or your child is nervous about receiving a vaccine.

Parents can help by normalizing the experience by preparing the child before they arrive at the clinic. Some tips include:
• Choose a setting that suits your family and your child the best.
• Bring an item that brings them comfort or can distract them from the needle.
• Wear comfortable clothing that allows access to the upper arm and to sit in a comfortable position.
• Take deep breaths together and try to stay calm.
• Hold hands or allow the child to sit on your lap while getting the needle.
• As a parent, offer your child praise and encouragement. Positive reinforcement works for kids of all ages.

How can I cancel and/or re-book my vaccine appointment at a local Lambton County clinic?

At the time of your booking, you will have received an email and/or a text message confirming your appointment. There is a cancellation and re-booking link within those options.

If you have deleted that email and/or text message, please call to cancel or re-book your appointment.